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Romelu Lukaku: Chelsea striker rejoins Inter Milan on season-long loan after agreeing 30 per cent pay cut

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Romelu Lukaku has completed his return to Inter Milan

Romelu Lukaku has completed his season-long loan move back to Inter Milan from Chelsea; Lukaku scored just eight Premier League goals in 26 outings last season after returning to Stamford Bridge for a club-record fee

Romelu Lukaku is officially an Inter Milan player again after completing his season-long loan move from Chelsea, with no obligation to buy.

 

Inter will pay Chelsea a loan fee of £6.9m plus £3.5m in bonuses if they win the Scudetto, and will cover all his wages this season.

The Chelsea striker flew into Milan Linate airport around 6.20am local time and posed with an Inter scarf before getting in a car.

“I’m so happy to be back,” he said. Having completed his medical, Lukaku has officially been announced as a new Inter player.

Lukaku: It’s like coming home

Romelu Lukaku scored 64 goals in 95 appearances before joining Chelsea

 

After the move was confirmed, Lukaku revealed he had remained in touch with Inter coach Simone Inzaghi after his departure last summer and was pleased to be back.

Asked what convinced him to return, he said: “The affection of the fans and my team-mates, but also the opportunity to work with the coach. I stayed in contact with him all last season. I think the coach is doing well with the team. I want to contribute and do good for this club.

“It’s like coming home. I think my family and I had a really good time in Milan thanks to the people, the fans and my team-mates. From the first day when I arrived here everyone helped me a lot, I’m really happy.

 

How the deal got done

The Belgian has agreed to a 30-per-cent pay cut to smooth his exit, with his earnings set to drop from £10m per year after tax to £7m.

The breakthrough last week came after several rounds of negotiations over the past few weeks involving Lukaku’s lawyer Sebastian Ledure and Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta.

Lukaku scored just eight Premier League goals in 26 outings last season after returning to Stamford Bridge for a club-record fee.

In December, Lukaku told Sky in Italy he wanted to return to Inter one day, saying: “I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level to hopefully win more.”

Last week, it was revealed Inter cannot afford to sign Lukaku – who scored 64 goals in 95 games and helped them to the Serie A title during his time at the club – on a permanent deal.

Inter ultras: We won’t welcome Lukaku with scarves or banners

 

Inter Milan’s ultras have issued a statement asking fans not to welcome Lukaku when he arrives in Milan.

The club’s most loyalist fans say he will have to earn their respect again through his performances after he left last summer to rejoin Chelsea.

A statement read: “Since Lukaku’s return to Inter is very likely, a few things need to be made clear.

“Curva Nord supports Inter Milan and will not stage any protest against the player (despite his behaviour last summer). That being said, nobody shall go and welcome him with scarves and banners representing the Curva or its groups. He will need to earn everything that, in case, will be done for him in the future with humility and sweat on the pitch.

“He was supported (and treated) like a king, now he’s just a player like many others.

 

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